Sustainability Integration and Impact Specialist
Itumeleng holds a master’s degree from the Groundwater Institute at the University of the Free State. She completed her undergraduate studies in Geology and Hydrogeology at the University of the Witwatersrand. By technical training, Itumeleng is a Projects Hydrogeologist focused on the mining sector with expertise in Mine Dewatering for open pit and underground operations. She has over six years of experience managing hydrogeology projects across the globe. Her work experience involved designing and implementing Slope Depressurization and Dewatering Programs, Site-specific Hydrogeological Characterization, Groundwater Exploration and Modelling and holistic mine water management. Hydrogeology provided her with the opportunity to work in different commodities for both open pit and underground mines. She worked on projects in the Platinum Bushveld Complex, South Africa, to the Supergene Iron Belt in Northern Cape, South Africa and the Porphyry Copper Belt deposits on the Andes Mountain Range in Central Chile. There she spent two years living in Santiago Chile and learnt to speak Spanish.
Itumeleng has always believed in using the sciences, particularly geosciences to contribute to solving the problems society is facing. From sound environment management to timely assessment of natural hazards such as floods to sound data on water resources. Geoscientists have a role to play in contributing to a sustainable society.
Although she enjoys being challenged by complex groundwater issues, which she still consults for. She always wanted to contribute to society beyond the mine fence. Thus, her work as a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 ambassador. She is currently a part of Anglo American’s Group Sustainability Team. She holds the position of Sustainability Integration and Impact Specialist. Her focus is advising the business on integrating sustainability into core business practices-from biodiversity-Geoheritage to Health and Wellbeing-medical geology. With a special focus on 10-year planning towards 2030, water stewardship and setting science-based targets to develop pathways to value.
Itumeleng serves on the Young Water Professional Committee and Newly formed ESG committee of the Geological Society of South Africa. When not working Itumeleng enjoys watching her son grow and daydreams of working with President Ramaphosa on accelerating action for the National Development Plan.